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“We’re doing a job like anybody else,” said Conor Gleason, owner of Priority Towing in Phoenix, Arizona. He said repossession agent assault incidents aren’t rare. Image:

Towman: Assaults Aren't Rare

Conor Gleason, who owns Priority Towing in Phoenix, Arizona, says repossession agent assault incidents aren't rare.

"The tow companies that repossess vehicles, they're picking up collateral that is owed to a financial institution, so it is a very risky business," he said.
Gleason wants people to know that, no matter the situation, the tow companies are usually just doing their jobs.

"But there are those risks associated with somebody coming out with a firearm, somebody coming out that's having a bad week and they want to take it out on you and you're just the intermediary between the bank and the owner of the vehicle. So, unfortunately, we're stuck in a bad spot a lot in those situations," Gleason said.

"With today's technology, you can put a magnetic GPS device on a vehicle and wait for it to get to a place where it's safer to access that vehicle, then just having to grab that vehicle and go right away."

"We're doing a job like anybody else ... and the towing profession, there's a lot of hard-working people involved in it," he said.


Shots Fired at Agent [b]in Florida

Hollywood, Florida, police arrested a man they say fired shots at a repo man in a Walmart parking lot.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Sylvera Mathurin Jr., 27, was arrested March 8 and charged with premeditated murder and possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon.

Mathurin pulled a gun on a Heat Recovery agent who was trying to repossess a silver Nissan Murano from a Walmart, according to a local television station. Police say Mathurin fired several shots but missed hitting the repo man.


AFA, VTS Finalize Partnership

Allied Finance Adjusters and Vendor Transparency Solutions recently entered into an exclusive joint agreement that executives say will add value to members of AFA, subscribers of VTS and the clients utilizing the services of both groups.

Executives stated VTS subscribers that qualify will be given an exclusive offer from AFA to join the national trade association. They stated this opportunity will provide those professionals who take advantage not only the benefits of being a member of AFA, but also access to the only crime policy formally known as the "bond" being offered by the national trade groups.

VTS subscribers will also have access to an AFA's on-staff attorney for legal consultation at no additional cost.

The organizations said this agreement will create a new network of more than 400 professionals who are trained, vetted and carry the only crime policy offered by a national trade association.

AFA members will have access to all VTS employee handbooks, policy and procedures manuals and continuing education training modules at no additional cost.

"Allied has always taken education and compliance training very seriously, this is just one more of many benefits to our members" said James Osselburn, AFA president.

"I am excited to extend this exclusive offer to the professional recovery companies subscribed to VTS so they, too, can see the benefits of belonging to our great association," Osselburn said.


Man Arrested Taking [b]Repo'd Minivan

A Kansasville, Wisconsin, man was charged, accused of damaging property as he drove his minivan off a tow truck as it was being repossessed.

Deputies were called out for a report of a hit-and-run accident. Police made contact with a tower who said he was there to repossess a vehicle. After loading the minivan onto the tow truck, the suspect allegedly came out of the house with keys and got inside the minivan to drive it off the truck's lift.

The tower told deputies that when the suspect reversed off the lift, he caused damage to the tow truck.

The suspect then allegedly fled the scene in the minivan, returning later in a different truck. When asked about the whereabouts of the minivan, the suspect said that he didn't want to say where it was.


Credit Union Repo [b]Ruling Reversed

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District has found in favor of a man who claimed that a lender that provided him financing of two vehicles failed to give proper notice as required by the Uniform Commercial Code when it repossessed them and sought a deficiency judgment.

According to the Feb. 27 ruling, Show-Me Credit Union had taken action against Dustin Mosely when he stopped making payments for the cars it financed for him. Show-Me argued that it sent Mosely a right to cure letter containing statutory notices and that he voluntarily surrendered the cars. It also claimed that it later sent Mosely a statutory notice of intent to sell the two cars and that after selling them and applying payments and credits due to Mosely, $12,535.96 remained due on his account.

Show-Me's legal action sought the amount due, as well as attorneys' fees, costs and expenses.

In a counter action, Mosely sought to pursue a class action alleging Show-Me did not obtain his written consent to repossess, failed to send notices that complied with UCC requirements and wrongfully charged interest.

Show-Me's motion to dismiss argued that Mosely failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted and that it did comply with UCC requirements in the underlying action.

The dismissal that was granted was eventually reversed when the appeals court panel noted that a failure to specify the type of sale in a presale notice to a debtor, public or private, leaves the debtor without an adequate ability to protect his or her interests.

The panel remanded the case to Audrain County for further proceedings.


Lots Were Full of Stolen Vehicles

The bust of an alleged million-dollar auto theft ring recently added to Wilkinson County, Georgia's coffers. Stolen vehicles found nearly three years ago on properties owned by former Georgia repo man and wrecker service owner Tracey Michael Ford were auctioned off March 3 in Macon.

"We just started running VIN numbers and everything he had was stolen," Capt. Brad King of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said at the time.

Ford pleaded guilty and began his prison sentence in May of last year. Ford could stay locked up until 2024, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

King said his department has already sold several unclaimed vehicles and equipment through an online auction of abandoned property.

"You've got to keep in mind some of those vehicles were stolen years ago," King said. "Once insurance settles, the company becomes the victim." Owners can't reclaim their vehicles if they have already been paid by the insurance company.

Before his arrest, sheriff's deputies would call on Ford to clear accidents or abandoned vehicles from the streets of Wilkinson County.

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